ABOUT US

Principle Partners was founded on the core values of integrity, long-term relationship building and unrivalled career advice.

Our proposition is centered on providing a trusted talent platform for the buyside and technology communities. Our clients rely on us to identify, attract and retain top talent which fit into their ambitions and investment strategies in Asia.

We are truly humbled by the continued belief our marquee clients — who collectively manage hundreds of billions of dollars — have in us. We strive to continue exceeding their expectations.

Candidates whom we have placed over the years have thrived in their careers and we are privileged to have remained confidants of many.

We operate with the same enthusiasm as we did when we launched Principle Partners in January 2009, and by remaining true to our values and craft, we are today recognized as the preeminent buyside and technology focused executive search firm in the region. We also have one of the largest teams with the expertise to run bespoke and complex mandates for our clients.

Why Principle Partners?

Established in 2009, Principle Partners is the market leader in executive search for the Asian investment management and technology space. We have placed more than 500 professionals across Asia and are unparalleled in our specialised and comprehensive coverage across front, middle and back office positions.

We have developed strong verticals across technology, data science and impact investing to better service our progressive global partners.

No other firm partners with the buyside like we do. We have completed build-outs of entire funds, advised on contingent placements and provided strategic talent mapping solutions for our partners across all strategies.

Our Team

Our Consultants are accomplished specialists in their practice areas, with professional experience in asset management and financial journalism. They are brought together by their passion for connecting people.

Managing Director

Will Tan

Managing Director

Jag Dhaliwall

Director

Paulina Hatta

Director

Phoebe Ling

Principal

June Tan

Principal

Gabriel Lee

Principal

Ed Goh

Consultant

Aakansha Verma

Consultant

Kit Kwan

Managing Director

Will Tan

Will leads our coverage of asset management, hedge funds and family offices. A top hedge fund headhunter and a leading talent strategist in the alternative investment industry, he focuses on team builds and leadership searches for boutique and global fund managers across liquid and illiquid strategies.

Will started his career with Salomon Smith Barney in equity research. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from the University of Massachusetts and completed the General Management Program at the Wharton School in 2019.

Managing Director

Jag Dhaliwall

Jag has spent the last three decades building deep relationships with Private Equity executives and investment bankers from Singapore to Tokyo as a Bloomberg News finance reporter and a buyside talent strategist.

Jag, who hails from Kuala Lumpur, specializes in Private Equity, Venture Capital and Tech, having completed 9 maiden PE and 2 Corp Dev/Strategy team builds across Southeast Asia, as well as targeted senior searches. He graduated from RMIT University, Australia with a Bachelor of Business in Accountancy and completed the General Management Program at the Wharton School in 2019.

Director

Paulina Hatta

Paulina Hatta specializes in Investment roles. Her clients include private equity, infrastructure funds, private credit funds, sovereign wealth funds, family offices and technology firms across Southeast Asia.

Indonesian by birth, Paulina lived in New York for many years working as an investment banking analyst in the leveraged finance group at Merrill Lynch and as a private debt analyst at Ares Management.

She received her Master of Business Administration from INSEAD and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the Stern School of Business, New York University.

Director

Phoebe Ling

Phoebe covers Private Equity, Asset Management and Hedge Funds across Asia. Prior to joining Principle Partners, Phoebe specialized in buyside executive search for Alternatives across APAC with a global search and consulting firm.

Phoebe has spent more than a decade as an Executive Recruiter focusing on hiring Investment Professionals across all levels and has built a deep network and strong relationships with clients & candidates in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Greater China region.

Phoebe is Singaporean and has completed her post-graduate studies from University of Bath, and holds a Bachelor degree (BSc) in Accountancy and Finance with Honors from the University of Warwick.

Principal

June Tan

June leads the Finance and Middle Office recruiting functions at Principle Partners, including Legal and Compliance, Operations and Office Managers/Executive Assistants, ranging from Manager to Executive level. June has been proactively connecting and mapping out talent in Asset Management, Hedge Funds and Alternative Investments across Asia for the past 5 years at Principle Partners.

Prior to joining Principle Partners, June spent 7 years of her career at PwC as an Auditor. June, who is a Singaporean, holds a Bachelor of Business in Accountancy from RMIT and is a Chartered Accountant of Singapore.

Principal

Gabriel Lee

Gabriel specialises in Investment and Risk Management roles for the Asset Management and Hedge Funds space. Prior to Principle Partners, he was a global human resource analyst with Deutsche Bank and later on, developed his recruitment expertise at Hays.

In his free time, Gabriel is a Career Coach to young professionals and undergraduates who are keen to learn more about the finance industry.

Singaporean by birth, he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management (Organizational Behavior and Human Resources) from the Singapore Management University.

Principal

Ed Goh

Ed specializes in executive search for the Asset Management and Hedge Funds space in Asia. His practice area includes investment, fundraising and trading roles covering traditional and alternative investment strategies.

Prior to joining Principle Partners, he spent 6 years at Selby Jennings covering Fixed Income and Equity Sales & Trading. Ed started his search career in Singapore, then relocated to Hong Kong in 2017 to build out and lead the Markets practice in Asia.

A Singaporean, Ed holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce (Management) from the University of Adelaide and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Consultant

Aakansha Verma

Aakansha specializes in executive search for the alternative investment space including Private Equity, Distressed Debt/ Credit and Venture Capital.

Prior to joining Principle Partners, she worked at leading boutique executive search firms in Singapore covering both buyside and sellside clients across the Asia Pacific region. Aakansha hails from India’s City of Joy – Calcutta and completed her undergraduate studies at CSJM University.

Consultant

Kit Kwan

Kit specializes in Technology at Principle Partners. His coverage includes roles within Tech Leadership, Quantitative Research, Systematic Trading, Software Development, IT Infrastructure, Data Science, Information Security and Product Management. He has completed mandates from global asset managers to tech startups.

Prior to Principle Partners, he was a top rookie with Great Eastern Life and received the Achievers award. He has a fierce passion for recruitment and strongly believes that human capital is the key to any successful business.

Kit, who is Singaporean, holds a Bachelor of Business from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology where he majored in Economics and Finance.

We value .

Principle Partners understands that diversity, equity & inclusion is key for the successful recruiting and retention of top talent.

We work with our partners to ensure that the most diverse pool of qualified candidates are considered, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, orientation, disability or socioeconomic background. We strive to give equal opportunity and consideration to every candidate with our robust sourcing process.

Our global network allows us to identify talent around the world, whomever they are, wherever they may be.

Let’s work together.

We have one of the largest buyside and technology focused teams in Asia and the expertise to run bespoke and complex mandates.

For candidates, please reach out to our experienced consultants for a confidential discussion and we can help you navigate the investment management and technology landscape in Asia.

For clients, we are happy to share our insights into the global talent pool and how it relates to your business in Asia.

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